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September 15, 2008

Sony's New BRAVIA XBR6 And XBR8 Models Up For Pre-Order, XBR7 Coming Soon

9-12-08-xbr6(2).jpgSony's new XBR6 and XBR8 lines are now up for pre-order, while the XBR7 models wait in the wings. Ranging from 40- to 70-inches, you'll have to fork out some cold, hard cash for these Bravia's-like $2499.99 to $6999.99. If you have cash to burn, the features are probably well worth the price.

Via Engadget HD

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September 9, 2008

Sony's KLV-40ZX, KDL-52XBR7: Latest Bravia's Are Ultra-Thin And Ultra-Fast

Sony always strives to maintain that innovative edge with their Bravia lineup and continues with a pair of new models just debuted at CEDIA-the 52-inch KDL-52XBR7 and 40-inch KLV-40ZX1M.
The KDL-52XBR7 features Motionflow 240 Hz frame rate technology which quadruples the frame rate of conventional flat panels and interpolates three new frames, dwarfing the effectiveness of 120 Hz technology in comparison. Running on Sony's Bravia Engine 2, the 52-inch LCD display boasts an 80, 000:1 dynamic contrast ratio and is compatible with all Bravia Link modules including the Bravia Internet Video Link. Digital Media Port compatibility allows video and music to be streamed from other Sony portable media devices and of course the set is fully DLNA-compliant. And inputs? 4 1080/60 24p HDMI, two 1080/60p HD component, a PC-input and an RJ-45 Ethernet port.
The KLV-40ZX1M may only sport a 120 Hz frame rate, but it makes up for any shortcomings by being a remarkable 9.9 mm thin! Weighing in at a feather-like 26 pounds, the new 40-inch Bravia uses Sony's Bravia Engine 2 combined with an edge-lite wide color gamut LED backlight to deliver what we imagine is an excellent picture. The KLV-40ZX1M has only a single HDMI input and compatibility with Sony's Wireless Link, but you can't expect too much hardware to be packed in an LCD TV less than a centimeter thick.
Both models will ship in December, however we're not aware of any pricing details at the moment.

Via Sony

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September 5, 2008

Sharp Unleashes 16 New LCD TV's Into The World

sharp.pngSharp has introduced 16 new LCD TV's to its AQUOS line at the ongoing CEDIA Expo. Some of the more impressive new additions include the Limited Edition Series, SE94 Series and three new sets devoted specifically to gamers.

The AQUOS Limited Edition Series brings a couple of models to the LCD market-the 52-inch LC-52XS1U-S and 65-inch LC-65XS1U-S. Only an inch thick at their thinnest points, the two Limited Edition models incorporate an RGB LED backlight resulting in a 150 percent NTSC color gamut and 1, 000, 000:1 dynamic contrast ratio. Equipped with energy-saving features, the Limited Edition Series brings internet content to the screen via the AQUOS Net web service and features a separate AVC set-top box that connects to the screen via a single HDMI cable (or wirelessly) eliminating irritating cable clutter.

The AQUOS SE94 Series consists of a trio of new LCD models including the 46-inch LC-46SE94U, 52-inch LC-52SE94U and 65-inch LC-65SE94U. The widescreen models sport Sharp's 'Cornerstone' design, AQUOS Net, and Sharp's own Advanced Super View panel. Sharp's proprietary panel design brings 1080p resolution, 10-bit processing, 120 Hz Frame Rate Conversion and a 4ms response time together to produce a high-end picture. The Special Edition Series also uses a 5-wavelength backlight system that provides clearer reds and greens than some previous Sharp models. The LC-65SE94U, LC-52SE94U and LC-46SE94U will be shipping right away for $8,499.99, $3,299.99 and $2,599.99 respectively.

Finally, the AQUOS gaming models- LC-32GP3U-R, LC-32GP3U-W, LC-32GP3U-B-all sized 32-inches features a slim design set on a swivel stand and are available in glossy-finish black, red, or white (actually one model in three color combos). Connection ports are on the side of the set rather than the back to ensure hooking up gaming systems are a cinch, and Sharp's 'Game Mode' optimizes the picture for quick-moving action. Using "Vyper Drive" Game Reaction Speed, Game Mode reduces lag time between the console and TV to almost none. Other features of note include 10, 000:1 contrast ratio, a 6ms pixel response time, a 4-wavelength backlight system, and support for 1080p/24fps. The LC-32GP3U-R, LC-32GP3U-W and LC-32GP3U-B are available now for an MSRP of $1,299.99.

For all the details about Sharp's new LCD TV' and its pair of new Blu-ray players, check out the full release after the cut.

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September 3, 2008

Westinghouse VK-40F580D With Front-Featured Slide-Out DVD Player

westinghousehdtvdvd1.jpgWestinghouse has launched its first HDTV with a built-in DVD player. The Westinghouse 40-inch VK-40F580D is a full 1080p LCD panel with ATSC/NTSC/ClearQAM tuners, 1800:1 native contrast, an 8 ms response time, 3D noise reduction, an adaptive comb filter, and a pair of front-firing 10 Watt speakers. Rather than placing the slide-out DVD slot on the side of the set, Westinghouse has built it into the front of the set and its SpineDesign places connection ports on the side as an added convenience. Shipping now, the Westinghouse VK-40F580D will require you to remove only $1049 from your bank account.

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Sony Goes Small With The 4-Inch XDV-W600 LCD TV

sonyxdv_w600(2).jpgIf you happen to live in 1seg broadcasting territory, otherwise known as Japan, your native Sony has gone below and beyond with the waterproof 4-inch Mini Bravia XDV-W600 LCD TV wonder. The miniature flat panel can not only withhold submersion in 3 feet of water for half-an-hour, it can also record video a la TiVo, has a 23 hour battery life and a 2 GB flash memory.

The 480 x 272 resolution XDV-W600 will be available in Japan October 30 for 40, 000 Yen or about $368 US.

Via Aving

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September 2, 2008

Ever Mounted An 8mm Thin LCD HDTV?

1-ultrathinlcd-03-h.jpgFor those of you who chose to read this article because they thought it was sexually-oriented, we have this to say to you? C'mon, this is a TV-related blog! That said, if you've ever struggled with a clunky LCD TV while trying to mount it on your wall, this could soon be a problem of the past. At IFA in Berlin, Philips showcased a prototype 8mm thin LCD TV. The 32-inch model, which weighs only 5kg, uses a 1mm light guide illuminated from the top and bottom of the set by high-power LEDs. Typically one of the thicker parts of an LCD TV, Philips has turned the light guide into one of thinnest pieces, hence the super-thin design. No word yet on whether Philips is considering mass-producing the HDTV.

via physorg

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August 26, 2008

Samsung Bringing LED Backlighting To 40-Inch Model

4A(2).jpgSamsung has unleashed 8 new LCD TV's on Japan that we're already familiar with as Samsung's Series 7/8/9 models. Dubbed PAVV Bordeaux in Japan, Samsung has tweaked the feature set for the country, taking the InfoLink service we know and spinning it as Library TV (basically just YouTube access). Something North America and Europe didn't get in their PAVV Bordeaux iteration is a 40-inch set with LED backlighting, something the 40-inch Bordeaux 780 sports. Samsung says moving local dimming technology to smaller models is a direct attempt to spread LED's to all sizes of LCD HDTV's. We like that thinking Samsung.

Via TechOn

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August 25, 2008

Vizio SV470XVT 47-Inch LCD HDTV Gets Reviewed

8-22-08-vizio-lcd(2).jpgVizio is definitely known as a second-rate HDTV manufacturer, but the company has worked hard to incorporate some high-end features in their XVT series while at the same time keeping prices low. CNET has put their 47-inch LCD model, SV470XVT, through the ringer and surprisingly it performs right up there with big boys in some areas of performance. Not only does the SV470XVT feature 120 Hz processing, but its color reproduction is excellent and the user interface is attractive and easy to use. It's no surprise that its black levels aren't quite as dark as models from Sony and Samsung, but overall it's the best performing Vizio model so far.


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August 22, 2008

Sony's KDL-46Z4100 LCD TV Proves DLNA Isn't So Great

32815340-2-440-OVR-1.jpgCNET recently reviewed Sony's 46-inch KDL-46Z4100 LCD TV, featuring 1080p resolution, 30000:1 dynamic contrast ratio, and 120 Hz technology. And while the KDL-Z4100 produces accurate primary colors, reasonably deep (but not the best) black levels, and a generous 4 HDMI slots, Sony's mid-range LCD's DLNA networking capabilities fell short. Only supporting the streaming of JPEG photos over an ethernet connection, Sony eliminates music and video streaming altogether. Why? CNET proposes that Sony may want to sell more Bravia Internet Video Link's, the company's external streaming device. Whatever the case may be, an ethernet port is pretty useless if its sole use is streaming photos to your TV. If you have a USB thumbdrive, however, you can also playback music files for some reason...but not video. Interesting choice of strategy Sony.

via CNET

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August 21, 2008

Mitsubishi Launching WHDI-Enabled Wireless LCD TV, As Early As This Fall

8-21-08-mitsubishi_amimon(2).jpgFirst Sharp took on AMIMON's Wireless High Definition Interface (WHDI) technology in their X-Series LCD TV's, and now Mitsubishi has chosen AMIMOM to supply their integrated HD wireless link for a few upcoming sets in Japan. Embedded with a wireless chip, Mitsubishi's upcoming LCD lineup consists a two parts-an LCD panel and a separate HDTV receiver unit that streams uncompressed HD video.

So far no pricing or specific availability dates have been released, nor have any model numbers or specs for the new WHDI-enabled line. Mitsubishi has revealed though, that the wireless HDTV's could be available in Japan as early as this fall.

Via Engadget HD

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